Saturday, October 20, 2012

Child Labor is Not Just for Third World Countries

When I was out of town for a conference two weeks ago, I went to the hotel gym every morning after waking up. I've never been a morning exerciser, but I was definitely getting the hang of it without having to get anyone else up and ready for school.

While I was on the treadmill one morning, the Today Show was on and showing a mom who went on strike from cleaning up after her kids. They showed photos she'd taken of the mess (which wasn't as bad as our house, by the way) and they interviewed her and her kids. It sucks that I didn't have earphones to hear what she said, and there were no subtitles on the treadmill TV, but I could totally grasp the meaning with the photos and captions.

I made a note for myself to follow up on the mom and her blog: Jessica Stilwell of Striking Mom Blog. I wanted to learn more about this genius who had obviously had enough of her teenage offspring taking advantage of her.

Here is a little bit more about our Canadian friend Jessica:
I am a full time working mom of three wonderful daughters. I have twins on the brink of 13 and my youngest is 10. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend in no particular order and sometimes all at once:) We have a crazy life of family, school, sports and work.
She's had some negative feedback from the 'Bad Parenting' critics, but even more support from other moms like her (me) that can relate. It sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders and is in fact a good mother who wants to actually teach her children how to be responsible, self sufficient and productive citizens. Which is what I'm also trying to accomplish. That is partially why every time I think we should get a housekeeper, I decide against it thinking the kids need to learn that we all need to work together to clean the house - that mom or someone else isn't just going to do the work for us.

It reminds me of the stand that dad, Tommy Jordan, who posted a video on YouTube of him confronting his teenage daughter about her spoiled behavior and sense of entitlement. At the end he took a gun and shot up her laptop. EPIC! 


Anyway, as I was saying, Jessica's been getting some heat from what she calls 'Negative Nancies' (ha!). She vehemently stands by her parenting and choice to go on strike:
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY!!! WE HAVE TAUGHT THEM RESPONSIBILITY FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE. THEY HAVE CHORES AND FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES AROUND THE HOME!! WE GOT BUSY WITH LIFE AND THE TEAM EFFORT WAS SLIPPING. I WENT ON STRIKE AS A REMINDER INSTEAD OF NAGGING!! READ THE BLOG PEOPLE.
AMEN SISTA!!

I hope she continues with her blog so we can laugh and drink along with her as we commiserate our woes. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you!! A lot. From one working mom to another...Cheers.
    J

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